Sridevi: Baahubali (2015, 2017)
Actress Ramya Krishnan is unforgettable as the strong matriarch Sivagami Devi in SS Rajamouli’s epic war drama “Baahubali”. However, did you know that she was not the director’s first choice for the role? Rajamouli wanted Sridevi to play the role, which eventually didn’t happen as the producers could not offer her the remuneration she had asked for. Following this, Ramya came into the picture, and as they say, the rest is history.
Hrithik Roshan; Baahubali (2015, 2017)
Rajamouli initially planned to make the record-breaking “Baahubali” in Hindi and dub it into various regional languages. And at this phase, he contacted Hrithik Roshan to play the titular role of Baahubali. But the actor expressed a lack of interest and the film got made in Telugu with Prabhas playing the lead role.
Katrina Kaif: ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela’ (2013), ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (2013) and Chennai Express (2013)
Deepika Padukone was one of the undeniable hit-makers of 2013, and she must thank Katrina Kaif for it. Katrina turned down not one or two, but three blockbusters that went to Deepika in the same year.
Shah Rukh Khan: ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.’ (2003), ‘3 Idiots’ (2009) and ‘Lagaan’ (2001)
All the three movies turned down by Shah Rukh went on to become some of the most prominent and noted films of Indian cinema. While “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.” revived Sanjay Dutt’s career, “3 Idiots” went on to become one of the biggest box-office hits and “Lagaan” was India’s entry to the Oscars that year.
Aishwarya Rai: ‘Raja Hindustani’ (1996)
Filmmaker Dharmesh Darshan first considered Aishwarya Rai for the lead role in “Raja Hindustani”. However, the actress turned it down as she was not sure about the script. The role catapulted Karisma Kapoor into superstardom.
Hrithik Roshan: ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001), ‘Swades’ (2004)
Hrithik Roshan was the first choice for the role of Akash in “Dil Chahta Hai”. However, Hrithik rejected the film as he was busy with his debut film “Kaho Na…Pyar Hai”.
He also turned down the role of a NASA scientist in “Swades” which was later portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan.
Salman Khan: ‘Chak De! India’ (2007) and ‘Baazigar’ (1993)
Yes, Salman Khan was the first choice for Shah Rukh Khan’s hit films – “Chak De! India” and “Baazigar”.